April 21, 2022 Prayer Domain Newsletter: The Watchman on the Wall 1

The Watchman on the Wall

April 21, 2022

Greetings Pray-ers,

The time leading up to Resurrection Sunday is over. Many gave up bad habits, vices or over-indulgences for Lent. Many attended Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services allowing us to ponder on what transpired in Jesus’ life prior to the resurrection. The grand finale was the Easter Service with its hymns celebrating the risen Jesus, the offering of prayers of thanksgiving and gratefulness, and listening to sermons of the greatest victory, the greatest miracle known to man. Ever! What’s next? I am not in any way minimalizing the celebrations mentioned above. But…..now what happens? We came away from our respective churches or congregations encouraged; we had a wonderful meal with family and friends. It was a good day!!! What happens tomorrow?

Scripture doesn’t say much about what the disciples did between the crucifixion and resurrection. John 20:1-9 tells of Peter and John, who once they heard about the tomb being empty ran to see for themselves. They saw the strips of linen, and the burial cloth which had encircled Jesus’ head neatly folded by itself. They saw the tomb – empty. Then the disciples went back to their homes,…. (vs 10) Peter and John went home. I mean, what else were they going to do? Jesus was gone. However, Mary – one of several discovering the empty tomb – stayed. She was the first to see the risen Lord. (vs 16) Oy vey, if only Peter and John had stayed.

Again, scripture doesn’t tell us much about what took place prior to Jesus ascending into heaven (ref. Acts 1). He appeared to them over a period of 40 days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (vs 3b)Jesus then stated: “…in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (vs 5) We read in Acts 2:1 about Pentecost – the giving of the Holy Spirit. I will share more about the importance of this event in the next few weeks. However, at this time, we see a tremendous change take place. The spreading of the gospel and the fellowship of believers has begun. A few chapters later we see the beginning of persecution. But this did not daunt the believers. Because of their faithfulness, we ultimately received the New Testament.

How does all this apply to us today?

For several weeks Ezekiel 33:1-20 has resonated in my thoughts. The Lord told Ezekiel that He made him to be a watchman for the house of Israel (vs 7). This entire passage is much too long to include but I will give the general points. I hope you will read it for yourselves.

  • An army invades, the watchman sounds the alarm, and people have a chance to get to safety. If people choose not to listen to the alarm, then their deaths are their fault. His blood will be on his own head (vs 4).
  • An army invades but the watchman does not sound the alarm. The people are unaware and cannot get to safety. I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood (vs 6).

Now, none of us will probably ever face the circumstances in the previous paragraph. And yet, we are living in tumultuous times. I am not necessarily equating being a pray-er or an intercessor to being a watchman, nor am I leaning towards the prophetic. But, I do wonder if there are pray-ers, reading this today, who have been called or will soon be called to be watchmen. It is being alert. Being aware of the circumstances around us. And being willing to sound the alarm when needed.

It is difficult to know how these words will affect the reader. Some will say, AMEN! Others will not. Why? Because it can be scary. “Woke” thinking – could I offend someone? Perhaps I do not understand scriptures as well as I thought I did. Or maybe, I’m not certain if I am really hearing from the Lord. A watchman must be discerning and use wisdom. Let’s go back to Ezekiel. There were no tools to help gauge a possible attack: no radar, cell phones or satellite imagery. They lived in the desert. They would see the enemy because of the dust kicked up by the soldiers. But in the desert, herds of animals or traveling merchants do the same thing. There was also the occasional dust storm. The watchman needed to be diligent, discerning and watchful so as to not sound the alarm unnecessarily.

Ezekiel was called to be the watchman for the house of Israel. Are we called to be watchmen for our homes, for where we work, for where we worship? Could that nagging feeling deep within be a warning from our Lord to sound the alarm? Perhaps it means going to a higher authority to share. Here is where wisdom, discernment and prayer come into play. Sometimes, it could just be that random dust storm. Or…..the Lord could be calling you to tell His warning to another. It is possible, even probable, that you will be rejected; but, it is also possible you may be heard. We depend upon the Holy Spirit to do the work of softening hearts. But, if we were to say nothing, might we be held responsible? 

Earlier I posed the question ‘What happens tomorrow?’ as the Easter celebrations are now in our yesterdays. Just as the disciples and early believers took a stand; I believe we are called to do the same. It will look different for each of us. But, I believe the Lord is calling many to become watchmen and to be ready to sound the alarm when needed!

There are a couple of opportunities to join others in prayer listed below. I invite you to join me. 

Blessings & Shalom,

Kris


The purpose of the Prayer Domain is to inspire and motivate people to know God intimately and create a culture of prayer so that the will of God is done in Tucson as it is in Heaven.

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